Why I took the April Fool’s Day John Friend “interview” down.

Via Walk The Talk Show
on Apr 2, 2012
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The “interview” was fake. It never happened. John would never had said half that silly stuff.

It said April Fool’s in the article, and was posted on April Fool’s, and for anyone who actually read the whole thing, it was clearly fake (see below). Don’t worry: John didn’t give me any interview in which he asked me to be the new head of Anusara yoga (and wherein I declined).

My intent was not to make light of the situation, or make (mean) fun of John. The intent behind April Fool’s is to prank. To fool. I think I’ve demonstrated (in the public view) that I care about all concerned and am trying to be fair.

For those Friends of John who 1a) thought it was real or 1b) get offended by its tone 2) without reading it, let me clarify.

The interview never happened. It was an April Fool’s Day spoof, posted on April Fool’s Day. Its purpose, if anything, was to make fun of myself, elephant, crazy commenters, John and the entire “scandal” that’s rocked the Anusara yoga world, and now is appearing in mainstream media.

I can’t in all honesty apologize for penning an April Fool’s spoof. I am however sincerely happy to personally apologize for any confusion caused to those of you who didn’t realize it was April Fool’s day when this was posted, and who didn’t bother to read the text, which explicitly states that this is an April Fool’s day spoof.


Here’s the ending of the “interview,” for those of you who didn’t read it: 

Waylon Lewis

…But I don’t smoke potI’m Buddhist, as I might have mentioned.

John Friend:

This isn’t me talking.

Waylon Lewis:

It rarely is.

John Friend:

Hah. No, I mean, seriously, this is all some sort of dream.

Waylon Lewis:

Everything is a dream. Regard all Dharmas as dreams, as we Buddhists say.

John Friend:

Brilliant. Thanks for your wisdom, Waylon. And btw, you’re incredibly humble, charming, and good-looking.

Waylon Lewis:

You’re a bit…doughy. Happy April Fool’s, all.



> It was April Fool’s day.

> It says April Fool’s in the title

> And at the end of the article

> And now there’s a big apology for confusion/clarification up top on the “interview”

> And now I’ve agreed to take down the “interview”

> And I’ve offered this “apology.”

I continue to feel personal, genuine empathy for John and all involved in this situation—and I sincerely do not believe that this spoof is bad for anything. If I did, I wouldn’t have written it. In fact, speaking of harm, I think Team John’s evasive, defensive approach has made this situation far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far, far worse for Anusara and John’s reputation than it needed to be.

If I were involved, I would be happily providing different counsel than John has received along the way. Just take blame. Be personal, emotionally open. Tell the lawyers to take a hike, at least in terms of communication style. Then leave: get thee on retreat, surrounded by appropriate resources for personal growth.


Clifnotes for those who can’t be bothered, yet again, to read the whole thing, but who may’ve skipped right to the end, to get to the good part:

It was April Fool’s! Laughing at ourselves and myself and himself and the situation—not making light of it, but poking fun at ourselves—is healthy, in my view.

I thought it was funny, and many folks who read it did, obviously. Not mean-funny, just much-needed satire on an everyone’s-taking-themselves-too-seriously situation.

Obviously the other way–the whole suppress/control/lawyer tack, has not helped the situation.

As “we Buddhists say,” making fun of ourselves is serious business. Humor provides a moment that pops solidity and returns us to our fundamental, basic goodness—our don’t-know mind. ~ ed.

PS:  Finally, I’d like to clarify that I don’t think John is doughy. That was a reference to the infamous NY Times article calling him doughy. It’s a…joke.


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59 Responses to “Why I took the April Fool’s Day John Friend “interview” down.”

  1. I don't even like april fools and I thought it was funny and I could tell from the first line it was a joke (of course I was very aware it was the first) of course maybe that's why I thought it was funny..1. I have not been truly effected by the tragedy (other than endlessly editing posts about it ;( ) 2. I knew it was a joke 3. I really wish JF was being a little bit more like the fake JF in the joke post.

    Keep on keeping on WAY

  2. steve says:

    Who the f*** are you? You're not worthy of kissing my friend's dirty feet… Time for you to check in with yourself and ask why you're motivated to make a public gesture like this… Suggestion: ask yourself why you are such a piece of sh** as human being and start there? Go!

  3. steve says:

    Self-righteous, ignorant little prick…

    What were you thinking?

  4. Scott Newsom says:

    That it was an April Fools Joke was obvious. In and of otself, that is not a reason to take it down. A reason would include th motivation for doing the action.Hopefully, a reasoned motivation.

  5. SwamiMike says:

    Speaking of being unkind…

  6. Michelle K says:

    wow Steve, angry much? being abusive and calling people names while remaining anonymous does nothing for your cause. get over yourself and maybe deal with your anger dude.

  7. Micheline Berry says:

    you are my hero julian. lol. always keeping it real….got to love that! 🙂

  8. myriamsofialluria says:

    You write what you like and report what you wish. This is your gig! I simply respond how I FEEL to the things I read., or is that not allowed? You tell me what I'm allowed to feel and I'll see if I agree.

  9. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it

    seems as though you relied on the video to make your point.

    You obviously know what youre talking about, why throw away your intelligence on just posting

    videos to your site when you could be giving us something informative to read?